Tulsa, OK (Sports Network) - D'Andre White scored 21 points as the Tulsa Golden Hurricane outlasted the Houston Cougars in a triple overtime thriller, 101-92, in a Conference USA battle at the Reynolds Center.
James Woodard added a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Golden Hurricane (15-9, 4-7 C-USA), while Pat Swilling, Jr. and Rashad Ray each finished with 14 points. Scottie Haralson chipped in 10 points as well.
For the Cougars (14-11, 6-5), TaShawan Thomas posted a double-double with a game-high 31 points and 15 rebounds. Joseph Young added 25 points and Jherrod Stiggers tallied 15 points.
The teams entered halftime all even at 28-28. Tulsa shot 43.5 percent from the field, including 4-of-11 from beyond the 3-point arc. Though the visitors made just 30.4 percent of their field goal tries and missed all but one of their seven 3-point shots, Houston stayed close by outscoring Tulsa 13-4 at the free-throw line.
In the second half, the Golden Hurricane hit on 46.2 percent from the field, while the Cougars shot 43.2 percent. After a back and forth second stanza, the Cougars found themselves down by five with just seconds to play in regulation, but then Thomas scored a layup with five seconds remaining to cut the deficit to three, Stiggers then immediately stole the ball and drained a 3-pointer at the buzzer to send the game into the first overtime.
In the first extra session, Tulsa led for the majority of the period, but Houston's Tim Peete made 1-of-2 free-throws to knot the score at 79-79 with 10 seconds left, Young had a chance to win the game for Tulsa but his layup with one second remaining would not fall in.
In the second overtime, Young made one of two free-throws to tie the score at 86-86 with 1:13 to play and both teams missed opportunities to win the game, the last being a 3-pointer by Ray at the buzzer, sending the game to its third overtime. Tulsa scored the first five points of the third extra session and never looked back, surviving this epic battle.
Houston had a 53-51 rebounding edge. Tulsa's bench, with three players in double-figures, outscored Houston's reserves, 57-22.